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Pair of Maryland Fathers Sue Washington D.C. Child and Family Services

A pair of Maryland dads are suing the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency (CFS) for denying them custody of their children after the organization took their offspring from their mothers, according to the Washington Post.

Sam Wilson and Andre Adgerson were hands-on fathers who until recently had joint custody of their children. The mothers of their children were found to have neglected the kids to the extent that they had to be removed from their homes, the news source reported.

When the CFS came to take the children from their mothers, they took the kids to a foster care center instead of placing them in the custody of their fathers.

According to the news provider, this decision came as a result of the CFS’s interpretation of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. This led to the children being placed in foster homes for between one and six months while their fathers were assessed, despite their joint custody that was previously granted.

The District of Columbia and Family Services Agency handled more than 2,140 children who were in out-of-home care for 2009, according to the government website.

Nesting offers child custody compromise

Birds are known to nest, meaning they create a comfortable and safe environment to support their offspring as they grow. Parents essentially do the same thing as they settle into a family home. But after a divorce, children are often uprooted from this familiar home, especially if parents decide on sharing child custody.

However, some parents are choosing to keep their children in the family’s house. In this form of nesting, the adults take turns moving in and out depending on the custody schedule.

According to USA Today, nesting is not a new concept, but the increase in popularity of the practice could be in part due to the down economy and housing market. Keeping the house in the family can prolong the investment until the housing market improves and the home can be sold for a much better return.

“They’re not doing it so much for the kids, as doing it to increase the value of their asset,” a divorce lawyer explained to the publication.

Whatever the reason, many family experts agree that this arrangement is the easiest for children to adjust to, especially if they are young. According to Bonus Families, this custody agreement works best for ex-spouses who can stay civil and flexible while co-parenting.